12/12/2011 10:58 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Milly Dowler's Voicemails Not Wiped By Newspaper

Murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler PA

The police have confirmed that News of the World did not delete the voicemails from the mobile phone of murdered Surrey school girl Milly Dowler.

The paper had been blamed for wiping the teenagers' messages and giving her parents false hope she was alive, but new evidence released by Surrey Police now says that was not the case.

The Guardian newspaper - who originally published claims that News of the World journalists HAD deleted Milly's messages has issued a correction saying: "Evidence secured by police has established that the News of the World was not responsible for the deletion of voicemails which caused Milly Dowler's parents to have false hope that she was alive."

The Dowler family solicitor Mark Lewis said it is "not known" who removed the recordings.